A rather light week for movie news probably because everyone is still recovering from their post Oscars hangover, but let’s break down what did come out this week.
Black Mask as Villain in Gotham City Sirens?
Now you may or may not have heard that DC is developing a movie called Gotham City Sirens in which Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn and team up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy for their own adventure. It’s based on a comic from DC and will by directed by Suicide Squad director David Ayer. Well Ayer took to Twitter on Monday and tweeted out an image of a comic panel featuring Batman villain Black Mask. Black Mask, also knows as Roman Sionis, is a criminal kingpin in the Gotham underworld who has a fascination with masks. At one point he was wearing a black skull mask and was involved in an accident that melded the mask to his face. Many are thinking that Ayer is teasing that Black Mask will be the villain for the upcoming movie. It would be interesting for sure because Black Mask is one of the few villains from Batman cannon who has not made the jump to the big screen. The movie does not have a release date as of now so we have a while to find out if this is true or not.
Vera Farmiga Cast in Godzilla 2
Just in the last month or so casting news for the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla has been coming at us fast and furious. First we found out Millie Bobby Brown would be in the movie, then we found out Kyle Chandler will be playing her father. Well we can now complete the family as THR is reporting that Vera Farmiga has been cast to play Brown’s mother in the movie. Farmiga best known for her roles in both Conjuring movies as well as playing Norman Bates’ mother on Bates Motel is a great addition to the movie. Farmiga is one of those actresses who has quietly been doing great work for years and her addition to this already intriguing cast is welcoming. Hopefully all three of these actors get to show of their skills when Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters March 22nd, 2019.
Trolls 2 Announced With JT and Anna Kendrick
After getting a surprise smash hit with last year’s Trolls, Dreamworks Animation has announced that they have begun development on a sequel. They also announced that stars Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick will be returning to lend their voices. This is a no brainer for Dreamworks and Universal as the movie made $340 million world wide and its music was a smash hit. Kids loved the fun world built by director Mike Mitchell and it provided enough amusement for adults as well. No director has been announced for this project yet, but they have dated the movie for April 10th, 2020.
Josh Gad’s LeFou will be gay
In a slight change of character from the original Disney cartoon, director Bill Condon revealed to Britain’s Attitude Magazine that Josh Gad’s LeFou would be gay in the film. This is huge because this is Disney’s first openly gay character to be featured in a Disney movie. The director told the magazine that LeFou will be a complex character who is wrestling with his feelings for Gaston. I love this take on the character and I applaud Disney for being more progressive with their movies. Honestly its not a huge change in the character as even in the original Disney classic you could possibly read LeFou’s intentions as being out of love. I hope Disney will continue this open mindedness as it moves forward with some of its more original movies. Beauty and the Beast hits theaters in just two weeks on March 17th, 2017.
Travis Knight to Direct Bumblebee
Ever since Michael Bay and Paramount hired a writer’s room to come up with ideas for stories involving the Transformers universe we have been hearing about a possible spinoff for Bumblebee. Bumblebee is the fan favorite Transformer who has no voice and only communicates through radio clips. This movie was confirmed to be in production not too long ago and now it appears Paramount has found their director. It appears that they have hired Laika Animation CEO Travis Knight to direct the film. Knight has headed up the studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and most recently the Oscar nominated Kubo and the Two Strings which he also directed. Knight apparently beat out more seasoned directors Jaume Collet-Sera, Rick Famuyiwa, Seth Gordon and Chris McKay. This is an interesting and intriguing move all around. Knight is clearly talented and could bring a fresh prospective to the universe, but the politics behind a studio’s CEO heading off to do a movie for another studio. I am very intrigued to see how this all plays out. As of right now Bumblebee is set to hit theaters on June 8th, 2018.
Tom McCarthy to rewrite Christopher Robin
Disney, in their quest to get all money ever printed, announced not too long ago that they would be making a movie called Christopher Robin based on the character from the Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne. The story is said to follow Christopher as a work-obsessed adult who has little time for his wife and child, let alone to indulge the imagination he had when he was younger. When Pooh re-enters his life, he must figure out how to reconcile his family troubles while helping his childhood friend, or else he risks losing everything he holds dear.They then announced that Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland) would be directing it. Now The Tracking Board has broken the story that Spotlight writer/director Tom McCarthy will be rewriting the script. This story sounds very intriguing and vaguely Hook-like. As someone who grew up loving Winnie the Pooh this sounds like it will pull on the nostalgia for me, plus McCarthy is a great writer so I have great confidence in him. I am actually really looking forward to this movie. There is no release date as of right now so we will keep tabs on this movie as it develops more.
Moonlight Star joins Dan Gilroy’s Inner City
Fresh off being a part of a Best Picture winning movie Ashton Sanders has joined Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell in Dan Gilroy’s Inner City. The movie is about an attorney (Washington) who discovers that his firm hasn’t always acted in accordance with his personal values, leading to an existential crisis that forces him to take extreme action. Sanders will play an impressionable recent graduate of law school who helps Washington with his pro bono cases. Sanders comes off of playing the main character Chiron in the second act of Moonlight. This movie is coming together quite nicely as Gilroy is one of the most exciting up and coming directors in the business. His debut feature Nightcrawler was a fantastic thriller and gives me all of the confidence in the world this will be great. Plus its hard to go wrong with Denzel and Colin Farrell, plus Sanders seems to be a great up and comer. Inner City does not have a release date yet, but keep an eye out for this one.
David Harbour screen testing for Cable in Deadpool 2
One of the first stories I reported on when I started this blog was the possibility of Pierce Brosnan playing Cable in the up coming sequel to Deadpool. Well it seems that might be a thing of the past as The Wrap is reporting that Stranger Things star David Harbour has screen tested for the role. Casting is not yet done and Harbour does not officially have the role which The Wrap cautions, and Collider confirms this fact by saying there could be a few more actors up for the role. Collider also reports that Michael Shannon was once in contention, but dropped out due to scheduling issues. This is exciting stuff because it means we are getting closer and closer to a shooting date for the sequel. I personally think Harbour would be a great choice for the role. He is the right size and has the right amount of gruffness to play the time traveling mutant from the future. Deadpool 2 will be directed by John Wick co-director David Leitch and has a possible release date of March 2nd, 2018